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The 700 Club - April 18, 2014

Liberty University’s Dr. Randall Price celebrates the numerous discoveries being made in ancient Israel at the Qumran dig. Plus, drugs, violence and prison were the sum total of John’s existence until one stay behind bars facilitated a ... Read Transcript


THEY WERE LOOKING FOR

THEIR MESSIAH.

ANOTHER DISCOVERY.

TO FOLLOW THEIR RELIGIOUS

LAW.

Gordon: FROM THE HOME

OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLL.

AND THEN...

I'LL PROBABLY SPEND THE

REST OF MY LIFE IN PRISON

FOR THE MISTAKES THAT I

MADE.

Gordon: ONE FELON'S

EASTER RESURRECTION.

I SAID, GOD, JUST SAVE

ME.

AND I'M GOING TO LIVE THE

REST OF MY LIFE FOR GOD.

*

Gordon: WELL,ç WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

IT'S GOOD FRIDAY.

AND TODAY WE'RE GOING TO

VISIT THE HOLY LAND, WHERE A

REMOTE COMMUNITY CELEBRATED

A MESSIANIC FEAST 100 YEARS

BEFORE THE LAST SUPPER.

Terry: ARCHEOLOGISTS

HAVEç MADE SOME REMARKABLE

DISCOVERIES ABOUT THESE

PEOPLE.

REPORTER DAN RAINY TRAVELLED

TO THE CAVES OF KUM RAN

KUMRAN TO BRING US THIS

STORY.

Reporter: THIS IS ONE

OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SITES

IN BIBLICAL HISTORY.

NOW NEW DISCOVERIES ARE

PUTTING TO BED DECADES OF

DEBATE ABOUT KUMRAN, AND THE

PEOPLE WHO LIVED HERE.

EACH DAY AT DAWN, AS THE SUN

RISES AND BATHES THE

HILLSIDE IN HUES OF ROSE AND

GOLD, A CREW SETS UP TENT IN

THE COOL MORNING BREEZE.

DR. RANDALL PRICE, OF

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, LEADS A

TEAM THAT IS THE ONLY THIRD

IN HISTORY TO UNDERTAKE A

MAJOR EXCAVATION ON THE

PLATEAU.

THIS IS A COMMUNITY WHO

WAS LOOKING FOR THEIR

MESSIAH.

THEY UNDERSTOOD THE

SCRIPTURES.

THAT FITS MORE WITH WHAT WE

UNDERSTAND, CERTAINLY IN

TERMS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.

Reporter: THEY WERE

LOOKING FOR JESUS CHRIST.

THEY HAD A CLEAR

UNDERSTANDING OF WHO THE

MESSIAH WAS FROM THE OLD

SCRIPTURES, BUT THEN THEY

HAD A DEVELOPED VIEW BETWEEN

THE TIME OF THE TESTAMENTS,

WHICH IS REFLECTED HERE.

Reporter: POTTERY AND

ITS CONFINES WILL HELP

DETERMINE WHO LIVED AT

KUMRAN.

THIS IS THE ONLY INTACT

OIL LAMP FOUND OUT HERE?

THERE WAS ONE LIKE THIS

WITH SHORTER NOZZLES, AND IT

DIDN'T HAVE THIS LITTLE

HANDLE ON THE END.

THIS IS A KUMRAN-STYLE OIL

LAMP, AROUND THE FIRST

CENTURY, B.C.

IT IS VERY UNIQUE.

IT WAS FOUND ON THE PLATEAU,

ALONG WITH THESE DEPOSITS.

Reporter: THE FOUND

THAT YOU FIND THIS WITHIN

THE COMMUNITY, AND SIMILAR

PIECES IN THE CAVES, DRAWS A

TIGHT, TIGHT CONNECTION

BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND

THE CAVES AND THE WRITING OF

THE DEAD SEA SCROLL.

SOME SCHOLARS THOUGHT THEY

SIMPLY SCORED THE SCROLLS

AFTER THEY WERE BROUGHT

THERE FROM JERUSALEM.

SOME EVEN SUGGESTED THAT THE

ESINES KNEW NOTHING ABOUT

THE SCROLLS.

FIRST, ODDLY ENOUGH, WAS THE

LOCATION OF THEIR LAT

LATRINES, TWO DIFFERENT

RELIGIONS TEXTS SPELLED OUT

WHERE THE LATRINES WERE TO

BE LOCATED AND HOW THEY WERE

SUPPOSED TO BE USED.

SO ARCHEOLOGISTS FOLLOWED

THOUGH INSTRUCTIONS LIKE A

TREASURE MAP.

AND IT LED THEM ALL THE WAY

UP HERE.

WHICH IS A REALLY, REALLY

LONG WALK TO GO TO THE

BATHROOM.

WITH THE PROPOSED LATRINE

SITE PINPOINTED, THEY

STARTED DIGGING.

THEY DIDN'T FIND ANY

STRUCTURES UP HERE, BY

BIOLOGICAL ARCHEOLOGISTS

TOOK A LOT OF SOIL SAMPLES,

AND THEY FOUND THE DRIED OUT

REMAINS OF THREE DIFFERENT

TYPES OF PARASITES ONLY

FOUND IN THE HUMAN DIE

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, WHICH IS

REALLY GROSS, BUT KIND OF

FASCINATING.

NO ONE KNOWS EXACTLY WHY

KUMRAN WAS ABANDONED, BUT IT

COULD HAVE BEEN CONNECTED TO

THOSE BACTERIA.

IT ALLOWED PARASITES TO

FLOURISH AND SPREAD.

AT THE TIME, HALF THE

POPULATION LIVED TO BE AT

LEAST 40.

BUT IN KUMRAN, ONLY 60%

LIVED THAT LONG.

SO IT MAY SEEM LIKE A

SURPRISE THAT PRICE AND HIS

TEAM HAVE ALSO FOUND

NUMEROUS ANIMAL BONE

DEPOSITS VERY CLOSE TO THE

SETTLED AREA.

WE'RE FINDING HUNDREDS OF

THESE BURIALS, VERY

CAREFULLY DONE.

BY THE WAY, IT IS THE ONLY

PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD

WHERE WE KNOW OF THIS KIND

OF THING.

SO THEY'RE TAKING THE

REMAINS OF MEALS, THEY ATE A

COMMUNAL MEAL, THE ASHES

FROM THE MEAL, THE POTTERY

THAT WAS USED TO COOK THE

MEAL, THE PLATES, THE BOWLS,

EVERYTHING THEY SERVED THE

MEAL IN, AND THEY'RE BURYING

THEM ALONG WITH THE BONES

AND THE ASHES OUTSIDE THE

COMMUNITY, WHAT THEY

CONSIDERED A CLEAN PLACE.

THAT SHOWS A CONCERN FOR

JEWISH RITUAL LAW.

Reporter: PRICE

BELIEVES THE PEOPLE WHO

LIVED HERE WERE PARTAKING IN

THE MESSIANIC BANQUET, A

DIRECT PRECURSOR TO THE LAST

SUPPER AND HOLY COMMUNION.

ON THIS MOUNTAIN, THE

LORD ALMIGHTY WILL PREPARE A

FEAST OF RICH FOOD FOR ALL

PEOPLE'S.

A BANQUET OF AGED WINE, THE

BEST OF MEATS AND THE FINEST

OF WINES.

Reporter: THAT TEXT IS

ALSO REFLECTED IN THE DEAD

SEA SCROLL, KNOWN AS THE

MESSIANIC RULE.

THERE IT TALKS ABOUT

PEOPLE SITTING DOWN FOR SOME

KIND OF COMMUNAL MEAL.

THEY SHALL EAT IN COMMON,

AND BLESS IN COMMON, AND

DELIBERATE IN COMMON.

IT TALKS ABOUT THE BREAD

AND THE WINE, AND THE HIGH

PRIEST, AND THEN AFTER HIM,

THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL.

AND WHEN THE TABLE HAS

BEEN PREPARED FOR EATING,

AND THE NEW WINE FOR

DRINKING, THE PRIEST SHALL

BE THE FIRST TO STRETCH OUT

HIS HAND TO BLESS THE FIRST

FRUITS OF THE BREAD AND

WINE.

THEY SHALL SEPARATE FROM THE

HABITATION OF UNJUST MAN, AS

IT IS WRITTEN.

PREPARE IN THE WILDERNESS,

MAKE STRAIGHT IN THE DESERT

A PATH FOR OUR GOD.

THEY ANTICIPATED THIS,

BASED ON THE ISAIAH PASSAGE

BEING IN JERUSALEM.

I THINK THEY'RE PERHAPS

REHEARSING THAT HERE IN A

WAY THAT LATER CHRISTIANS

DID WHEN THEY TOOK THE

BREAD, THEY TOOK THE WINE,

AND IT WAS A ANTICIPATION

OF THE CHRIST TO COME.

BECAUSE THIS WAS A SACRED

MEAL, THE VESSELS COULD NOT

BE USED FOR COMMON USE

AGAIN.

Reporter: JUST AS THE

SACRIFICES IN THE TEMPLE

WERE TREATED AS SACRED,

WE'RE SEEING THE SAME SORT

OF THING HERE.

I THINK SO.

THESE ARE PROBABLY PEOPLE

WHO WERE PRIESTS, CONNECTED

WITH THE TEMPLE AT SOME

POINT, AND THEY CAME OUT

HERE SEPARATING FROM THE

COMMUNITY OF JERUSALEM, BUT

THEY'RE FOLLOWING THE SAME

RELIGIOUS LAW.

Reporter: EACH DAY,

THEIR WORK TAKES THEM CLOSER

TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED

HERE.

THEY BEGAN AT DAWN TO AVOID

THE OVERBEARING DESERT

SHEAT.

HEAT.

THE WORK IS SLOW, AND THEY

HAVE TO BE PARTICULARLY

CAREFUL.

EVEN THOUGH IT TAKES PICK

AXE TO BREAKTHROUGH

SOMETIMES THE ROCK-SOLID

GROUND.

EVEN THE SMALL DISCOVERIES

CAN PROVE SIGNIFICANT.

WE ALSO HAVE A JAR HANDLE

WE FOUND THIS SEASON WITH A

STAMP IN IT.

Reporter: IT IS A NICE

DIAGNOSTIC PIECE AT FIRST

GLANCE, BUT YOU TOSS IT OVER

AND YOU FIND A SEAL THERE.

EXPERTS AT HEBREW UNIVERSITY

BELIEVE THAT IS THE

JERUSALEM SEAL FROM THE

HASMANIAN PERIOD, ROUGHLY A

CENTURY BEFORE CHRIST.

SIMILAR EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN

FOUND IN JERUSALEM'S JEWISH

QUARTER.

THAT WILL GIVE US THE

DATING WE NEED IN SITES LIKE

THIS.

Reporter: AFTER A FEW

HOURS OF HARD WORK, THE TEAM

GATHERS FOR A LATE

BREAKFAST.

IT IS INTERESTING, WE'RE

BREAKING BREAD IN SORT OF

THE SAME GENERAL LOCATION

WHERE THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN

PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY

ENJOYING THE MESSIANIC

FEAST.

YOU HAVE TO THINK OF THAT

EVERY TIME YOU SIT DOWN FOR

BREAKFAST.

WE DO.

AS OUR HANDS REACH INTO THE

SOIL AND TOUCH THE REMAINS

OF THEIR CULTURE, WE'RE KIND

OF REPRODUCING THE SAME KIND

OF CULTURAL LIFESTYLE, BEING

IN THE SAME PLACE.

Reporter: SOMETHING NOT

TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD THE

OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE.

SOON IT IS BACK TO WORK.

WITH THIS SEASON WRAPPED UP,

PRICE WILL NEED THE NEXT FEW

YEARS TO ANALYZE THE DATA

AND TEST SOME THEORIES.

DO YOU SEE A RELATIONSHIP

BETWEEN THE ANIMALS

SLAUGHTERED HERE AND THE

SKINS USED IN THE WRITING OF

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS?

IT IS A POSSIBILITY WE

CAN GET ANCIENT D.N.A. FROM

THE BONES, AND WE'LL DO

D.N.A. ANALYSIS, ALSO, OF

THE SCROLLS AND SEE IF THERE

IS A LINK BETWEEN THE TWO.

IF SO, WE CAN CONCLUSIVELY

CONCLUDE THE PEOPLE WHO

LIVED HERE AND HAD THAT MEAL

ALSO PRODUCED THE SCROLLS.

IT IS THE D.N.A. THAT WILL

MAKE THAT CONNECTION.

Reporter: THE PEOPLE OF

KUMRAN LEFT BEHIND SOME OF

THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

IN HUMAN HISTORY, DOCUMENTS

THAT SPEAK OF A BANQUET FOR

THE COMING MESSIAH.

AND THAT SEEMS TO BE A

REALLY STRONG CONNECTION,

BETWEEN OLD TESTAMENT AND

NEW TESTAMENT.

IT IS.

AND THIS IS WHY THE DEAD SEA

SCROLLS ARE SO IMPORTANT TO

CHRISTIAN STUDIES, OR NEW

TESTAMENT STUDIES, BECAUSE

THEY LIVED IN A TIME WHEN

JESUS CAME, AND THE

FORMATION OF THE CHURCH WAS

TAKING PLACE.

IT IS THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY

WE HAVE TO SEE THIS NARROW

WINDOW THAT NO ONE ELSE

EXPLAINED TO US.

THE AS FA PHARISEES LEFT NO

WRITINGS, BUT THESE PEOPLE

DID.

SO WHEN WE SEE THE CULTURE,

LIKE WE DO WITH THE

EXCAVATION, WE CAN PUT IT

TOGETHER WITH THE WRITTEN

RECORDS.

Reporter: RIGHT NOW IT

APPEARS THE PEOPLE HERE

GATHERED TOGETHER FOR RITUAL

MEALS, HONORING THE

REDEEMER, CHRIST, WHO

WOULDN'T COME FOR ANOTHER

100 YEARS.

WHO THESE PEOPLE WERE, WHAT

THEY BELIEVED, AND HOW THEY

CELEBRATED THE COMING OF THE

MESSIAH IS SLOWLY COMING TO

LIFE.

Gordon: IT'S AMAZING

HOW ARCHEOLOGY EVERY SING

SINGLE DAY IN ISRAEL IS

PROVING THE TRUTH OF THE

BIBLE.

AND HERE WAS A GROUP OF

PEOPLE, 100 YEARS BEFORE THE

COMING OF CHRIST, WHO WERE

EAGERLY AWAITING THE

MESSIAH.

THIS EASTER, LET US BE LIKE

THEM.

LET'S EAGERLY AWAIT THE

SECOND COMING OF JESUS.

THE COMING WHERE HE'LL BE

THE PRINCE OF PEACE ON

EARTH, AND WE'LL ALL ENJOY

THE WEDDING FEAST OF THE

LAMB.

TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP LATER,

A VICTIM AND HIS WOULD-BE

KILLER ARE RECONCILED ON

EASTER SUNDAY.

STAY TUNED FOR THAT.

COMING UP NEXT, WE'RE GOING

TO GO TO THE CBN NEWS ROOM

FOR TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES,

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

AND WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB" FOR TODAY'S TOP

STORIES FROM CBN NEWS.

DIVE TEAMS CONTINUE TO

SEARCH THAT SUNKEN KOREAN

FERRY TODAY.

THE BOAT IS NOW FULLY

SUBMERGED.

RESCUE TEAMS ARE PUMPING AIR

INTO THE VESSEL IN HOPES

THAT ANYONE IS STILL ALIVE.

NEARLY 270 PEOPLE ARE

MISSING, WITH AT LEAST 28

CONFIRMED DEAD.

CAITLIN BURKE HAS THIS

STORY.

Reporter: IT IS A RACE

AGAINST TIME AND WEATHER.

ROUGH WATERS, STRONG WINDS,

AND POOR VISIBILITY ALL

SLOWING DOWN RESCUE

EFFORTS.

THE CURRENT IS TOO

STRONG.

IT IS SO STRONG THAT DIVERS

GET SWEPT AWAY IN MOMENTS.

Reporter: TEAMS ARE

HOLDING OUT HOPE THAT

PASSENGERS COULD STILL BE

ALIVE.

SURVIVING IN AIR POCKETS

INSIDE THE SUNKEN FERRY.

IMAGES AND VIDEOS ARE

STARTING TO EMERGE FROM THE

TERRIFYING MOMENTS AFTER THE

SHIP BEGAN TO SINK.

PASSENGERS SCRAMBLING TO

ESCAPE THE RISING WATER.

QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT THE

CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.

NEW FINDINGS TODAY FROM

POLICE SHOW THAT NOT ONLY

DID THE CAPTAIN ESCAPE THE

SHIP FIRST, HE WASN'T EVEN

AT THE HELM WHEN IT

CAPSIZED.

INSTEAD, HE LEFT AN

INEXPERIENCED THIRD OFFICER

IN CHARGE.

THE CAPTAIN SHOULD HAVE

BEEN IN THE WHEEL HOUSE.

HOWEVER, HE WAS NOT IN A

POSITION WHERE HE COULD HAVE

LED THE STEERING.

Reporter: THE CAPTAIN

ALSO DELAYED EVACUATION FOR

HALF AN HOUR.

DESPITE ORDERS TO ABANDON

SHIP BY OFFICIALS ON SHORE.

MEANWHILE, FAMILIES ARE

ANGRY AT THE SLOW PACE OF

THE RESCUE EFFORTS.

SOME HAVE WAITED FOR DAYS ON

AN ISLAND CLOSE TO THE

SUNKEN FERRY.

CRANES ARRIVED AT THE SCENE

TODAY, BUT COAST GUARD

OFFICIALS SAY THEY WON'T

BEGIN SALVAGE WORK UNTIL

THEY'RE SURE THERE IS NO

HOPE OF A RESCUE.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

THE MOVIE "HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL," OPENED AT NUMBER ONE

IN ITS FIRST DAY OF RELEASE

WEDNESDAY.

THE FILM ABOUT 4-YEAR-OLD

COLTON BURPO, WHO WENT TO

HEAVEN, BROUGHT IN

$4.1 MILLION.

BEATING OUT THE OTHERS.

THE EXACT LOCATION WHERE

JESUS WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH

HAS REMAINED A MYSTERY FOR

2,000 YEARS.

BUT A RECENT ARCHEOLOGICAL

DISCOVERY IN JERUSALEM IS

CAUSING SOME CHRISTIANS TO

QUESTION THEIR LONG-HELD

THEORY.

GARY LANE HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: IN 1999,

EXCAVATIONS AROUND THE

PIESTLY PRISON REVEALED

SOMETHING.

THIS MAN IS AN

ARCHEOLOGIST.

THERE REMAINS IN THE

EXCAVATION, POINTS TO THAT

THIS IS THE ACTUAL PALACE OF

HEROD THE GREAT.

WE HAVE THE RETAINING

WALLS.

IT WAS A MASSIVE ENGINEERING

PROJECT.

AND WE SEE IT IN THE

EXCAVATION.

WE EVEN FOUND AN ENORMOUS

UNDERGROUND SEWAGE THAT

COULD ONLY BELONG TO THE

PALACE OF HEROD.

Reporter: IF IT IS

HEROD'S PALACE, COULD IT

ALSO BE THE SPOT WHERE JESUS

WAS TRIED?

SOME CHRISTIAN HISTORIANS

BELIEVE HIS TRIAL OCCURRED

IN HEROD'S PALACE.

THE BIBLE SAYS JESUS

APPEARED BEFORE PONTIUS

PILOT AT THE PETORIUM.

HIS RESIDENCE.

BUT DID HEROD RESIDE AT THE

PALACE?

FATHER ALIATA SAYS IT IS

POSSIBLE THAT THE UTOIUM WAS

AT THE PALACE.

BUT THE EVIDENCE MUST BE

MORE FOR THE CATHOLICS TO

ABANDON THEIR LONG-HELD

BELIEF.

WHILE THE DISCOVERY MAY

CHANGE SOME VIEWS OF THE

ACTUAL LOCATION OF JESUS'

TRIAL, STILL UNCHANGED IS

THE ACTUAL REASON FOR HIS

CONVICTION, CRUCIFIXION, AND

RESURRECTION.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

AND THOSE ARE TODAY'S TOP

STORIES FROM CBN NEWS ON

THIS EASTER WEEKEND.

GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MOREOF "THE 700

CLUB" IN JUST A MOMENT.

Gordon: ON EASTER

SUNDAY IN 2003, JOHN

SKIPWORTH SAW SOMEONE AT

CHURN HE THOUGHT HE

RECOGNIZED.

THE MAN HAD A FAMILIAR SCAR

ON HIS FACE.

HMç WAS THE SAME MAN THAT

JOHN HAD LEFT FOR DEAD FIVE

YEARS BEFORE ON EASTER

MORNING.

Reporter: SOME CALL

THEM JOURNALS, SOME CALL

THEM DIARMáy

WHATEVER WE CHOOSE TO CALL

THEM, THEY ARE, FOR BETTER

OR WORSE, A RECORD OF OUR

LIVES.

JOHN SKIPWORTH HAS

CHRONICLED HIS LIFE WELL.

HIS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY BEGAN

AT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL.

I UNDERSTOOD THAT GOD HAD

A SON AND THAT HE DIED FOR

ME AND I COULD BE FORGIVEN

OF MY SINS.

Reporter: JOHN TRIED TO

GROW IN HIS NEW FAITH, BUT

THAT DIDN'T LAST LONG.

I BELIEVE EVERYBODY

BELIEVED IN GOD, BUT AS FAR

AS A BIBLICAL TYPE OF BELIEF

THAT PRODUCES AN ACTION, I

DON'T BELIEVE ANYBODY IN OUR

HOUSEHOLD HAD THAT.

I DON'T WANT TO BLAME

ANYBODY, BUT I JUST DIDN'T

FOLLOW THROUGH WITH WHAT I

HAD SAID AT 12 YEARS OLD.

Reporter: JOHN'S

PARENTS HAD DIVORCED WHEN HE

WAS TWO YEARS OLD.

WHEN HIS MOTHER AND

STEPFATHER DIVORCED TWO

YEARS LATER, JOHN DECIDED TO

LIVE WITH HIS STEPFATHER.

AT 16 YEARS OLD, I BECAME

A DESIGNATED DRIVER.

I DROVE MY STEPFATHER WITH A

BROKEN HEART, AFTER MY MOM

LEFT HIM.

Reporter: JOHN HAD

FREEDOM AT HIS STEPFATHER'S,

FREEDOM TO DO ANYTHING HE

WANTED.

I WENT FROM, YOU KNOW,

DRINKING BEER AT 15, 16

YEARS OLD, TO AT 17 I

STARTED SMOKING MARIJUANA,

STARTED SMOKING POT, YOU

KNOW, WITH GUYS OUT AT

PARTIES.

AND THEN IMMEDIATELY RAN

INTO SOMEBODY THAT WAS DOING

COCAINE.

AND 90 DAYS LATER, YOU KNOW,

I WAS AN I.V. DRUG ADDICT,

STICKING NEEDLES IN MY ARM,

SHOOTING UP DRUGS.

I THINK IT WAS AN INTERNAL

VOID IN ME, LOOKING FOR

SOMEWHERE TO BELONG.

Reporter: JOHN THE

ADDICT SOON BECAME JOHN THE

DEALER.

I MAY BE SELLING POT, BUT

I WAS USING AS MUCH

METHAMPHETAMINE IN ONE DAY

AS I COULD MAKE MONEY

SELLING POT IN A WEEK.

Reporter: DURING ONE

DRUG DEAL, THINGS WENT BAD

VERY QUICKLY.

THE SELLERS MET JOHN AND THE

OTHER BUYERS AT A HOTEL

ROOM.

WE WERE READY TO EXPEDITE

THE DEAL.

LET'S GET IT OVER WITH, GET

THE DRUGS BOUGHT AND GET

THEM OUT OF HERE BEFORE

SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS.

ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER,

AND A FIGHT BROKE OUT.

I RAN OVER TO A BED AND

GRABBED A PILLOW CASE OFF OF

THE BED.

AND EVERYBODY WAS STILL

FIGHTING.

I WAS FIGHTING, EVERYBODY

WAS FIGHTING.

AND THEY WERE TRYING TO GET

OUT OF THE DOOR.

AND I GRABBED A GUY.

ONE GUY.

I DIDN'T KNOW HIM AT THE

TIME.

I GRABBED HIM WHEN HE WAS

TRYING TO RUN OUT THE DOOR.

AND I DRUG HIM BACK INTO THE

ROOM.

AND MY BUDDIES IMMEDIATELY

RAN TO THE DOOR AND WE GOT

THE GUY DOWN ON THE FLOOR

AND GAVE HIM A BEATING THAT

WAS PRETTY SEVERE.

Reporter: THE YOUNG

MAN, J.P., WAS BEATEN UNTIL

HE WAS ON CONSCIOUS.

JOHN AND HIS BUDDIES

PANICKED, AND THEY WRAPPED

UP J.P.AND DROVE HIM TO THE

WOODS AND LEFT THE BODY

THERE.

J.P.GOT UP AND STARTED

FIGHTING AGAIN.

I HIT HIM AND KNOCKED HIM

DOWN, AND GOT MY FRIEND FREE

FROM HIM.

AND WE'RE WALKING AWAY, AND

I LOOKED AT MY FRIEND, AND I

SAID, JUST CUT HIS THROAT.

AND BEFORE EITHER OF US KNEW

WHAT HAPPENED, WE'RE BOTH ON

DRUGS, AND I'M STANDING

10-FOOT FROM HIM, AND ALL OF

A SUDDEN BLOOD WAS ALL UP

ONE SIDE OF ME.

WE WERE LIVING IN A MAKE

BELIEVE, TOUGH-GUY, SORT OF

SUBCONSCIOUS, BLURRY WORLD,

THAT AT THAT MOMENT BECAME

VERY REAL.

Reporter: THE NEXT

MORNING A PASTOR WAS WORKING

BEHIND THIS CHURCH --

AND HE WAS SETTING UP

CHAIRS NEXT TO THAT CANAL

FOR SUNRISE SERVICE FOR

EASTER SERVICE.

AND HE HEARD J.P. MOANING,

AND HE FOUND J.P..

AND WHEN HE FOUND J.P.WITH

HIS THROAT CUT, THEY

NOTIFIED THE AUTHORITIES.

AND WHEN PEOPLE WERE

TRAVELLING, THEY SAW THE

WHITE BEDSHEET.

THE AUTHORITIES SAID, DO YOU

KNOW HIM?

AND THEY SAID, YEAH, WE KNOW

HIM.

AND THEY SAID WHERE DID THIS

HAPPEN?

AND THEY SAID A FIGHT

HAPPENED AT THIS HOTEL

ROOM.

AND 30 MINUTES LATER, THEY

ARRESTED EVERYBODY IN THE

ROOM.

Reporter: JOHN WENT TO

JAIL FOR 73 DAYS.

HE WAS IN AND OUT OF JAIL

FOR FOUR YEARS.

AFTER A HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN

2002, JOHN GOT 20 YEARS IN

PRISON BECAUSE HE WAS A

THIRD-STRIKE FELON.

I LAID DOWN ON THE

FLOOR.

AND I JUST WAS CRYING.

I WAS BROKEN, AND I JUST

STARTED TELLING GOD HOW

DISAPPOINTED I WAS WITH

MYSELF, HOW DISAPPOINTED I

WAS WITH MY LIFE.

I WAS SORRY FOR HURTING MY

MOM.

I WAS SORRY FOR HURTING MY

DAD.

I WAS SORRY FOR ALL OF THE

SHAME.

I WAS SORRY FOR HURTING THAT

GUY IN THE HOTEL ROOM.

I WAS SORRY FOR BEING A DRUG

ADDICT AND A THIEF AND A

LIAR.

IT SEEMED LIKE JUST A FEW

MINUTES, AND THE SEEMS REAL

TODAY, THAT I JUST LAID

THERE.

AND I HEARD THE CLICK,

CLICK, CLICK OF THE

ELECTRONIC DOOR.

AND THEY SAID, CHURCH CALL.

AND I REMEMBER GETTING UP

OUT OF MYSELF, AND I WALKED

DOWN TO THE CHURCH.

AND THIS LITTLE PASTOR, HE

CAME SO FAITHFULLY.

HE ALWAYS OPENED THE

SERVICE.

AND HE SAID, DOES ANYBODY

WANT TO GIVE A TESTIMONY.

AND PEOPLE WOULD STAND UP

AND SAY, I'M GOING HOME.

OR MY MOM GOT HEALED OF

CANCER.

THERE ARE 200, 250 RAPISTS,

THUGS, GANG-BANGERS,

KILLERS.

AND I WALKED UP THERE AND I

SAID, I JUST WANT YOU TO

KNOW THAT TODAY I WENT TO

COURT AND I FOUND I'LL

PROBABLY SPEND THE REST OF

MY LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE

MISTAKES THAT I MADE.

BUT THE RIGHT UP THERE IN

THAT JAIL CELL A MOMENT AGO,

GOD JUST SAVED ME.

AND I'M GOING TO SPEND THE

REST OF MY LIFE FOR GOD,

EVEN IF IT IS CLEANING

SHOWERS IN THE PRISON.

Reporter: JOHN WAS

ALLOWED TO GO TO A HALFWAY

HOUSE.

AND IN 2003, THEY WERE

ALLOWED TO GO TO CHURCH.

WHILE WAITING FOR HIS RIDE

BACK TO PRISON, JOHN

RECOGNIZED A FAMILIAR FACE.

I LOOKED DOWN THE

CORRIDOR THERE, AND I SAW A

GENTLEMAN KIND OF LIMPING,

WALKING ON A CANE.

AND HE WAS GETTING CLOSER

AND CLOSER AND CLOSER AND

CLOSER.

AND THE CLOSER HE GOT, I

STARTED TO BE ABLE TO SEE A

VISIBLE SCAR ON HIS NECK.

AND IMMEDIATELY I REALIZED

HE WAS J.P., AND HE WALKED

UP TO ME AND STUCK OUT HIS

HAND.

AND THE WEIGHT OF ALL OF

THAT RESPONSIBILITY JUST

GRIBD ME.

GRIPPED ME.

IT WAS ON ME.

AND IT WASN'T TIME TO BE A

TOUGH GUY.

AND I JUST BROKE DOWN AND

STARTED CRYING.

AND HE SAID, OH, MAN, I

FORGIVE YOU JOHN.

I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

GOD'S ABOUT TO CHANGE YOUR

LIFE.

GOD IS ABOUT TO USE YOU TO

DO GREAT THINGS.

AND HE GRABBED ME AND HE

HUGGED ME.

I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

IT WAS EASTER SUNDAY, FIVE

YEARS TO THE DAY THAT THE

PASTOR FOUND HIM WHILE

SETTING UP FOR SUNRISE

SERVICE ON RESURRECTION

MORNING.

Reporter: JOHN LATER

FOUND OUT THAT J.P.'S

PARENTS HAD BEEN PRAYING TO

HIM FOR YEARS.

THE JUDGE GAVE JOHN SEVEN

YEARS INSTEAD OF THE 20 HE

WAS EXPECTING.

JOHN HAS BEEN OUT OF PRISON

FOR THREE YEARS NOW.

HE MET BROOK AT CHURCH IN

2009, AND THEY MARRIED ONE

YEAR LATER.

I KNOW HE HAD A PAST, BUT

I'VE NEVER SEEN HIM THAT

WAY.

IT IS HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE

IT, BECAUSE I KNOW WHO HE IS

AFTER CHRIST.

Reporter: TODAY JOHN IS

A PASTOR AT THE FIRST

ASSEMBLY OF GOD.

HE CONTINUES TO WRITE ABOUT

GOD AND HIS JOURNEY AND HOW

GOD HAS CHANGED HIS LIFE.

THE LARGEST THING THAT

HAS CHANGED IN ME IS MY

IDENTITY AND WHO I AM.

AND WHO I AM FLOWS OUT OF

CHRIST.

AND SLOWLY, YEAR BY YEAR,

MORE AND MORE OF THAT IS

BEGINNING TO COME OUT OF

ME.

Gordon: AND THAT CAN

HAPPEN TO YOU, THAT SAME

TRANSFORMATION, WHERE YOU

FINALLY FIND OUT WHO YOU

ARE.

AND WHO ARE YOU?

YOU'RE A CHILD OF GOD.

YOU'RE HIS SON.

YOU'RE HIS DAUGHTER.

AND HE LOVES YOU

INFINITELY.

AND NO MATTER WHAT YOU'VE

DONE, NO MATTER HOW FAR

YOU'VE GONE AWAY FROM HIM,

HE STILL WANTS YOU HOME.

HE STILL WANTS YOU TO BE

WITH HIM.

NOW, HERE IS JOHN, AND HE'S

DONE SOME HORRIBLE THINGS.

GETTING INVOLVED WHERE

YOU'RE BEATING SOMEBODY TO

DEATH IN A HOTEL ROOM.

AND THEN THEY TRY TO FIGHT

AFTER YOU'RE DUMPING THEM

FOR DEAD, AND THEN YOU CUT

THEM.

BUT THROUGH ALL OF THAT, GOD

STILL LOVED HIM.

SO NO MATTER WHAT YOU'VE

DONE, REALIZE HIS LOVE NEVER

FAILS.

IT NEVER QUITS.

IT NEVER STOPS.

WHY?

BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE.

AND HE LOVES YOU.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE MADE YOU.

YOU'RE PART OF HIM.

AND YOU WON'T FIND ANY

FULFILLMENT UNTIL THAT DAWNS

ON YOU.

THAT YOU'RE HIS CHILD.

AND HE'S GOT GREAT THINGS

FOR YOU TO DO, GREAT PLANS.

EVEN BEFORE HE LAID THE

FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, HE

CREATED THINGS FOR YOU TO

DO.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.

HE WANTS YOU TO HAVE

PURPOSE.

HE WANTS YOU TO HAVE A HOPE

AND A FUTURE.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO

GET IT?

THE SAME THING THAT JOHN

DID.

YOU SAY, LORD, I WANT TO

LIVE FOR YOU.

REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME,

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER I HAVE

TO DO IT INSIDE THIS PRISON

OR OUTSIDE THIS PRISON.

I WANT TO LIVE FOR YOU.

IT'S THAT COMPLETE SURRENDER

AND THAT TRUST THAT COMES

WITH THAT, THAT, LORD, I

TRUST YOU NO MATTER WHAT.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU WANT TO

SEND ME, WHAT YOU WANT ME TO

DO, I TRUST YOU.

AND I TRUST YOUR UNFAILING

LOVE.

IF YOU WANT THIS, LET THIS

EASTER BE THE DAY WHERE YOU

SAY YES, GOD I WANT YOU AND

I NEED YOU IN MY LIFE.

IF YOU'VE TRIED LIVING ON

YOUR OWN, YOU KNOW THAT IT

DOESN'T LEAD TO WHERE YOU

THINK IT IS GOING TO LEAD.

ALL OF THE THINGS THE WORLD

HAS TO OFFER ARE ALL PASSING

AWAY, AND THEY ALL LEAD TO

DESTRUCTION.

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY THAT

LEADS TO LIFE.

AND HIS NAME IS JESUS.

IF YOU WANT HIM, BOW YOUR

HEAD, PRAY A PRAYER.

LET HIM COME IN.

LET HIM CHANGE YOU.

LET HIM SHOW YOU THE GREAT

THINGS THAT HE HAS FOR YOU.

AND IT'S ALL JUST A PRAYER

AWAY.

PRAY WITH ME.

BOW YOUR HEAD.

CLOSE YOUR EYES.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY WHERE

YOU FIND HIM.

NOT JUST SEARCH FOR HIM, BUT

YOU FIND HIM, AND YOU FIND

ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HE

HAS FOR YOU.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU.

AND I WANT YOU TO BE LORD OF

MY LIFE.

I WANT YOU TO COME INTO MY

HEART.

TO MAKE ME NEW.

TO FORGIVE ME OF THE THINGS

THAT I'VE DONE.

TO TRANSFORM ME TO WHAT YOU

INTENDED.

AND, JESUS, I WANT TO

FULFILL ALL OF THE PLANS

THAT YOU HAVE FOR MY LIFE.

SO COME INTO MY HEART.

FORGIVE ME.

CLEANSE ME.

AND LET ME HEAR YOUR VOICE.

LET ME KNOW YOUR PRESENCE.

HEAR MY PRAYER FOR I PRAY IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR

WE MADE IT EASY FOR YOU, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK UP

THE PHONE AND MAKE A

TOLL-FREE CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

WHEN YOU CALL, WE'VE GOT A

FREE PACKET FOR YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY."

IN THERE IS A C.D.

TEACHING.

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

ALL OF THAT IS IN THE C.D.

TEACHING.

IT IS FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

WE JUST WANT TO BLESS YOU

WITH THAT.

SO MAKE THAT CALL NOW.

1-800-759-0700.

AND NOW, FROM THE MOVIE "SON

OF GOD," HERE IS THE MUSIC

VIDEO CALLED "JESUSJESUS

SAVIOR."

* ONCE UPON A TIME, IN A

TOWN CALLED NAZARETH *

* LIVED AN ORDINARY GIRL

* MARY WAS HER NAME

* AND SHE WASN'T GAME

* GOD AND HIS ANGEL CAME

* AND SAID YOU WILL HAVE A

BABY BOY *

* BUT DON'T BE AFRAID

* GOD IS WITH YOU

* JUST CALL HIM JESUS

SAVIOR, SON OF GOD, THE KIN

KING OF KINGS *

* OUR SALVATION HAS A

NAME *

IT WILL BE FILLED THROUGH

ME.

WHAT IS THAT?

IT'S JESUS!

* JESUS, SAVIOR, SON OF GOD,

THE KING OF KINGS *

* OUR SALVATION HAS A

NAME *

CRUCIFY HIM.

* JESUS, SAVIOR

* OUR WHOLE WORLD'S ABOUT TO

CHANGE *

* AND IT WILL NEVER BE THE

SAME *

WHO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

* PEACE ON EARTH

*

HE CAME TO CHANGE THE

WORLD *

I AM COMING SOON.

* JESUS, SAVIOR, SON OF GOD,

THE KING OF KINGS *

* OUR SALVATION HAS A

NAME *

* IT IS JESUS, SAVIOR,

PRECIOUS LORD OF

EVERYTHING *

* OUR WHOLE WORLD'S ABOUT TO

CHANGE *

Gordon: STILL AHEAD...A

6-YEAR-OLD IS BURIED ALIVE

FOR FOUR HOURS.

HE WASN'T BREATHING, AND

THERE WASN'T ANY PULSE.

HE WAS NOT ALIVE.

Gordon: HIS MIRACULOUS

COMEBACK ON TODAY'S "THE 700

CLUB."

THIS COULDN'T BE ANYTHING

BUT AYOU KNOW?

THIS COULDN'T BE ANYTHING

BUT GOD.

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AND WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB."

CHRISTIAN RADIO BROADCASTER

JAMES DOBSON HAS WON A

TEMPORARY INJUNCTION AGAINST

OBAMACARE.

THE DECISION PREVENTS THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM

REQUIRING HIS MINISTRY TO

INCLUDE THE MORNING-AFTER

PILL AND OTHER DRUGS IN ITS

HEALTH INSURANCE.

DOBSON SUED IN DECEMBER,

SAYING THAT THE OBAMACARE

MANDATE VIOLATES THE

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF HIS

MINISTRY, FAMILY TALK.

THE SUPREME COURT IS

CONSIDERING SIMILAR

CHALLENGES FROM HOBBY LOBBY

AND OTHER EMPLOYERS.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

HELPING TO PROVIDE NEW BOATS

FOR SURVIVORS OF TYPHOON

HAIYAN IN THE PHILIPPINES.

THE THE FISHING COMMUNITY

LOST 80% OF THEIR HOMES, AND

THEY LOST MANY OF THEIR

BOATS, LEAVING FAMILIES

WITHOUT RESOURCE TO CONTINUE

THEIR LIVE HOODS.

"OPERATION BLESSING" WORKED

WITH A GROUP TO PROVIDE NEW

BOATS FOR AFFECTED FAMILIES,

INCLUDING A FISHING NET, A

SPEAR GUN, AND ENGINE.

AND THEY'RE ALSO PROVIDING

DAILY MEALS AND FREE MEDICAL

AND DENTAL CHECKUPS AND ARE

WORKING ON A NEW SCHOOL.

REMEMBER, YOUCAN FIND MORE

ABOUT "OPERATION BLESSING"

BY GOING TO ITS WEBSITE,

OB.ORG.

GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB," RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: EVERY EIGHT

SECOND SOMEWHERE IN THE

WORLD, SOMEONE MAKES A

DECISION TO FOLLOW CHRIST

AFTER WATCHING THE JESUS

FILM.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO A

BOY IN INDIA NAMED BAFU.

AND HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY

TO SEE THAT MOVIE, THANKS TO

PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

Reporter: HIGH IN THE

MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN INDIA,

ONE VILLAGE IS SO REMOTE

THAT MANY PEOPLE HERE HAVE

NEVER SEEN A MOVIE.

SO WHEN BAFU HEARD THAT CBN

WAS GOING TO COME AND SHOW

THE JESUS FILM, HE COULDN'T

WAIT TO SEE IT.

I SAW A TRUE STORY ABOUT

HOW JESUS SUFFERED FOR

MANKIND SO WE COULD BE

SAVED.

I IMMEDIATELY GAVE MY HEART

TO THE LORD.

AND I STARTED GOING TO

CHURCH.

Reporter: BAFU'S MOTHER

HAD BEEN SUFFERING FROM A

DISEASE THAT GAVE HER SEVERE

BACK PAIN FOR ABOUT A

MONTH.

SO BAFU DECIDED TO TRY

SOMETHING HE HAD NEVER DONE

BEFORE.

IN THE FILM, I SAW JESUS

PERFORM MANY MIRACLES.

SO I DECIDED TO ASK THE

PASTOR TO PRAY WITH ME FOR

MY MOM'S BACK TO BE HEALED.

Reporter: SHE WAS

HEALED, AND BAFU'S FAITH IN

JESUS INCREASED.

SOON AFTER THAT, HE WAS

BAPTIZED.

I FELT LIKE ALL OF MY

SINS WERE WASHED AWAY, AND I

HAD BECOME A NEW CREATION IN

CHRIST.

I LEFT ALL OF THE BAD THINGS

BEHIND, AND MY NEW LIFE

BEGAN.

I WILL SHARE MY JOY WITH MY

FAMILY.

AND IN TIME THEY WILL ALSO

BELIEVE IN JESUS.

Reporter: BAFU WASN'T

THE ONLY ONE CHANGED THROUGH

THE FILM.

THE CHURCH IN HIS VILLAGE

DOUBLED IN SIZE.

AFTER HEARING THAT, WE GAVE

THE PASTOR A PROJECTOR.

NOW WE CAN USE THIS

EQUIPMENT TO SHOW MANY

PEOPLE HERE AND IN OTHER

RELIGIONS, WHO GOD REALLY

IS.

I THANK CBN FOR THE

PROJECTOR KIT AND GOSPEL

MOVIES.

BECAUSE OF YOUR MINISTRY AND

THE MOVIE, I GAVE MY LIFE TO

THE LORD.

Terry: YOU KNOW, WHEN

JESUS ROSE, HE CAME TO HIS

FOLLOWERS, AND HE SAID, I'M

COMMISSIONING YOU, I'M

LEAVING YOU.

GO INTO THE WHOLE WORLD AND

TELL EVERYONE WHO I AM, HOW

MUCH I LOVE THEM, AND TAKE

THE GOSPEL TO THE FOUR

CORNERS OF THE EARTH.

SO IT IS NOT JUT FO JUST

FOR US TO ENJOY THE

BLESSINGS OF GOD IN OUR

LIVES, BUT TO MAKE SURE WE

ARE MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR

THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW HIM TO

COME TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE

OF THE GRACE OF GOD.

THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE

THINGS YOU'RE DOING IF

YOU'RE A "700 CLUB" MEMBER,

MAKING OPPORTUNITIES LIKE

THIS AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN

OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD WHO

HAVE NEVER HEARD THE NAME OF

JESUS CHRIST.

YOU HEARD BAFU SAY HE NEVER

SAW A MOVIE BEFORE.

WHAT A MOVIE FOR HIM TO

BEGIN WITH.

IT WAS LIFE-CHANGING FOR

HIM.

THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE

THINGS "700 CLUB" MEMBERS

ARE DOING WORLDWIDE.

YOU'RE MAKING ALL KINDS OF

DIFFERENCES IN THE LIVES OF

PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING

FROM POVERTY, DISEASE, LACK

OF EDUCATION.

YOU'RE STEPPING RIGHT INTO

THAT POINT OF NEED AND

SAYING, I WANT TO BRING

CHRIST RIGHT INTO THE MIDST

OF YOUR NEED AND THE HOPE HE

BRINGS WITH HIM.

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH.

AND WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

FOR CARING ABOUT OTHERS AND

WANTING TO SHARE YOUR

FAITH.

OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU

IS TO SEND YOU "VISIONS OF

THE NIGHT."

HOW GOD SPEAKS TO PEOPLE IN

DREAMS, AND HE DOES.

WE WANT YOU TO INTERPRET HOW

GOD MAY SPEAK TO YOU IN YOUR

OWN LIFE.

CALL OUR TOLL-FREE NUMBER,

1-800-759-0700.

JUST SAY, I'D LIKE TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB," AND WE'LL

GET THIS OUT TO YOU RIGHT

AWAY, AND YOU'LL HAVE THE

PRIVILEGE AND SATISFACTION

OF KNOWING YOU ARE

IMMEDIATELY TOUCHING THE

LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, THE

FRANTIC RACE TO RESCUE A

6-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS BURIED

ALIVE IN A SINKHOLE FOR FOUR

HOURS.

THEY HAD ALREADY SWITCHED

IT FROM, YOU KNOW, A RESCUE

TO A RECOVERY BY THE TIME

THEY FOUNDHIM.

ESSENTIALLY AT THAT TIME HE

WAS NOT ALIVE.

Gordon: SEE HOW THIS

BOY WAS RAISED FROM DEATH TO

LIFE, AND THEN WE'LL BE

PRAYING FOR YOU RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: THIS EASTER YOU

CAN BE PART OF SENDING THE

STORIES OF THE BIBLE TO THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

YOU JUST JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

AND FOR A GIFT OF $25, WHICH

GOES INTO THE PRODUCTION

COSTS OF THE NEW EPISODES,

WE'LL SEND YOU NOT JUST ONE

COPY OF A D.V.D., WE'LL SEND

YOU SIX COPIES.

YOU'LL GET THREE COPS OF

COPIES OF THE STORY OF

PETER'S DENIAL, AND THREE

COPIES OF "HE IS RISEN," THE

STORY OF EASTER.

YOU CAN TAKE THE EXTRA

COPIES AND GIVE THEM TO YOUR

FRIENDS, TO FAMILY, TO YOUR

CHURCH.

YOU CAN BE PART OF SENDING

THE BIBLE STORIES TO THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

DO IT NOW.

CALL US NOW,

1-800-759-0700.

TERRY?

Terry: ON EASTER,

CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE

CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION

OF JESUS CHRIST.

THIS YEAR THE POWER OF HIS

RESURRECTION HAS A NEW

SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE WAYSNER

FAMILY.

THE REASON?

LAST JULY THEIR SON, NATHAN,

WAS BURIED ALIVE IN COLD,

WET SAND FOR FOUR HOURS.

BY THEN HIS RESCUE HAD

BECOME A RECOVERY EFFORT.

THE CORONER WAS STANDING BY

AND A MIRACLE WAS ABOUT TO

HAPPEN.

Reporter: IN JUST A FEW

SECOND, A CARE-FREE HIKING

TRIP IN THE SAND DUNES

TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE.

GREG AND HIS FRIEND, KEITH,

WALKED ALONG THE TOP OF THE

DUNE.

GREG'S SON AND KEITH'S SON

SONS WERE BEHIND HIM.

THEY WERE PLAYING UP ON

THE HILL.

YOU HEAR COLIN SCREAMING AND

HOLLERING THAT NATHAN HAD

FALLEN IN A HOLE.

WE QUICKLY RAN DOWN THERE

AND WE FOUND THE HOLE HE WAS

IN.

AND WE WERE ABLE TO TALK TO

HIM.

Reporter: GREG AND

KEITH TOLD COLIN TO RUN DOWN

THE HILL AND CALL 9-1-1.

KEITH'S WIFE, RACHEL, MADE

THE CALL.

9-1-1.

I'M AT THE MOUNT BALDY

BEACH, AND MY FRIEND'S SON,

HE GOT STUCK IN A SAND DUNE,

AND HE IS UNDER THE SAND AND

WE CAN'T GET HIM OUT.

HE SANDED SO CLOSE.

MY HUSBAND AND HIS DAD

ARE TRYING TO DIG HIM OUT.

OKAY.

WE'VE GOT THEM ON THE WAY.

OKAY?

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

YOU COULDN'T SEE HIM.

IT WAS SO DARK.

KEEPING HIM CALM WAS MY

FIRST THING.

YOU KNOW, HE WAS PRETTY MUCH

SAYING THAT HE WAS SCARED.

I CRAWLED DOWN IN THE

HOLE AND TRIED TO REACH FOR

HIM.

I COULDN'T, YOU KNOW, GET

HIM AT ALL.

Reporter: AND THEN THE

HOLE COLLAPSED.

6-YEAR-OLD NATHAN WAS BURIED

ALIVE UNDER 11 FEET OF

SAND.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHEN

FAITH MADE HER WAY UP THE

HILL.

THEY WERE TELLING ME THAT

NATHAN WAS UNDER THERE.

AND I JUST CAME APART.

I STARTED CRYING AND PRAYING

AND DIGGING.

EVERYTHING ELSE AROUND ME

WAS SUCH A BLUR.

AND I JUST WAS HAVING THESE

VISIONS IN MY HEAD OF HIM

DOWN THERE.

AND HE'S GOT SAND IN HIS

FACE AND IN HIS MOUTH AND HE

CAN'T BREATHEMENT AND

BREATHE.

AND I REMEMBER BEGGING GOD

TO JUST BE WITH HIM, AND TO

GIVE HIM A POCKET OF AIR SO

HE COULD BREATHE.

AND TO HOLD HIM AND PLEASE

BE WITH HIM.

Reporter: OTHER

VACATIONERS AND BY-STANDERS

HELPED THEM DIG BY HAND.

BUT THE GIANT DUNE WAS A

RELENTLESS FOE.

EVERYBODY KEPT DIGGING, BUT

THE SAND CONTINUED TO CAVE

IN.

WITHIN 15 MINUTES,

FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE

HELPED.

FINALLY SOMEONE SHOWED UP

WITH A BACKHOE.

AND IT WASN'T THEN DID

THEY REALLY START MOVING A

LOT OF SAND.

BUT WE'RE ALREADY -- YOU'RE

TALKING 40, 50 GUYS DIGGING

BY HAND FOR PROBABLY AN HOUR

AND A HALF TO TWO HOURS.

WE WERE FEARING THE

WORST.

WE REALLY WERE.

WE WERE STILL HOPING, BUT IT

HAD BEEN SO LONG.

Reporter: THE POLICE

PERSUADED CRAIG AND FAITH TO

TAKE A BREAK AFTER THREE

HOURS OF NON STOP DIGGING.

THEIR FRIEND, KEITH, KEPT

GOING.

AFTER ABOUT THE FIFTH OR

SIXTH COLLAPSE, I PRETTY

MUCH EXHAUSTED MYSELF.

I KNEW I HAD TO STOP OR, YOU

KNOW, I WASN'T GOING TO MAKE

IT MYSELF.

Reporter: BUT THE FIGHT

TO RESCUE NATHAN CONTINUED.

IF AN AREA GOT THE ALL-CLEAR

SIGN, THEY WOULD BRING IN

THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT.

NEARLY FOUR HOURS INTO THE

SEARCH, A LOCAL FIREFIGHTER

FOUND HIM.

THEY HAD ALREADY SWITCHED

IT FROM, YOU KNOW, A RESCUE

TO A RECOVERY BY THE TIME

THEY FOUND HIM.

THE CORONER WAS THERE ON

SITE.

THEY LOCATED HIS HEAD, AND

THEN THEY SWITCHED FROM, YOU

KNOW, USING SHOVELS, AND

THEY WERE USING THEIR

HANDS.

HE WAS ABLE TO GET DOWN A

LITTLE DEEPER AND GET RIGHT

UNDER HIS ARM.

AND FROM THERE HE WAS ABLE

TO PULL HIM PRETTY MUCH

RIGHT UP OUT OF THE SAND.

IT WAS A LIFELESS, LIMP BODY

THAT HE HAD HELD LIKE HIS

SON, AND IT JUST REMINDED

HIM OF HIS SON.

THEY CHECKED AGAIN, AND

HE WASN'T BREATHING, AND

THERE WASN'T ANY PULSE.

AND SO ESSENTIALLY AT THAT

TIME HE WAS NOT ALIVE.

Reporter: NATHAN HAD A

QUARTER MILE TRIP IN THE

LIFEGUARD TRUCK TO THE

AMBULANCE, WHERE HE STARTED

TO BREATHE AGAIN.

HE WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL

CENTER IN MICHIGAN CITY.

HIS PARENTS FOLLOWED HIM TO

THE E.R., AND ALL THEY COULD

DO WAS WAIT AND PRAY.

AND BUDDY CAME IN, ONE OF

THE E.M.T.s, AND HE SAT

DOWN IN FRONT OF ME, AND HE

SAID, HE'S ALIVE.

I REMEMBER TURNING TO LOOK

AT GREG.

AND I SAID HE HEARD US.

HE REALLY HEARD US.

HE ANSWERED OUR PRAYERS.

I WAS SO HAPPY.

Reporter: THEY HAD TO

REMOVE SAND FROM HIS LUNGS

AND THROAT, AND HIS HEAD WAS

INJURED DURING THE DIGGING.

BUT NATHAN HAD BEEN DEPRIVED

OF OXYGEN TO HIS BRAIN FOR

NEARLY FOUR HOURS.

BRAIN DAMAGE WAS A MAJOR

CONCERN.

BUT DOCTORS DETERMINED THAT

NATHAN WAS PERFECTLY FINE.

THIS PROGRESS MOVED ALONG

SO WELL THAT WEDNESDAY THEY

ENDED UP TAKING OUT THE

BREATHING TUBE.

AND THEY WERE ABLE TO GET A

LOT OF THE STUFF OUT

HIMSELF, AS FAR AS ANY OF

THE DEBRIS AND STUFF IN HIS

LUNGS.

Reporter: NATHAN

DOESN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING

ABOUT THE SINKHOLE THAT

ALMOST TOOK HIS LIFE.

BUT HE DOES REMEMBER GOD.

AND WHEN ASKED HIS FAVORITE

BIBLE STORY, HE SAID IT WAS

DAVID AND GOLIATH.

IT IS MY FAVORITE STORY

BECAUSE HE FIGHTED THE GIANT

AND HE FALLS TO THE GROUND,

AND HE IS A REALLY BIG GIANT

AND A LITTLE, TINY KID.

THIS COULDN'T BE ANYTHING

BUT A MIRACLE.

THIS COULDN'T BE ANYTHING

BUT GOD.

THERE IS NO WAY THAT YOU CAN

TAKETHISOUT OF

EQUATION.

HE WAS BURIED IN THE COLD,

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EVERYBODY BELIEVED THAT, YOU

KNOW, HEGONE.

AND GOD PROVED TO EVERYBODY

THAT HE'S NOT.

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AND HE DID.

Terry: WHAT A GREAT

RESURRECTION JUST BEFORE

EASTER.

Gordon: IT'S A

WONDERFUL EASTER STORY.

GOD WANTS TO RESURRECT US.

UNDERSTAND THAT.

UNDERSTAND THAT.

HE WANTS US WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

AND THE OTHER WONDERFUL

THING IS THE SAME

RESURRECTION POWER THAT

RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD

IS WITH YOU.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

THAT WE HAVE THAT.

WE HAVE THAT SAME

RESURRECTION POWER.

SO REGARDLESS OF YOUR NEED,

WAS IT AS EXTREME AS WHAT

YOU JUST SAW?

THERE WAS A BOY BURIED FOR

FOUR HOURS.

HE WAS UNABLE TO BREATHE.

WHEN THEY FINALLY GET HIM

OUT, HE HAS NO LIFE IN HIM.

THEY FIND SAND IN HIS LUNGS,

SAND IN HIS THROAT.

WOULD YOU STILL HAVE HOPE?

WOULD YOU STILL BELIEVE IN

THAT SITUATION?

WELL, THEY BELIEVED, AND GOD

DID A MIRACLE.

AND HE CAN DO A MIRACLE FOR

YOU.

IF YOU JUST DO THE SAME

THING.

AND IT'S REAL SIMPLE:

BELIEVE.

IN SPITE OF THE SYMPTOMS.

IN SPITE OF WHAT THE DOCTORS

SAY, BELIEVE ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE TO THEM WHO

BELIEVE.

NOW, WE'RE GOING TO PRAY.

BEFORE WE PRAY, WE'VE GOT

SOME WONDERFUL STORIES OF

PEOPLE WHO WERE HEALED.

HERE IS ELTON, VIRGINIA,

NANCY, DIAGNOSED WITH SPINAL

STENOSIS.

A YEAR AGO SHE HAD BURNING,

STINGING SENSATIONS IN HER

NECK, SHOULDERS AND HAND.

SHE FELT THAT HER MUSCLES

WERE ALWAYS ON FIRE.

NEEDLES WERE POKING HER

SKIN.

THE DOCTOR TRIED SOME

THINGS, BUT NOTHING WORKED.

SHE WAS WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB."

AND TERRY, YOU HAD A WORD OF

KNOWLEDGE.

"SOMEBODY, YOU HAVE A

BURNING CONDITION AND IT IS

LIFE INTERRUPTING.

GOD IS HEALING THAT FOR YOU,

YOUR NERVE ENDINGS,

EVERYTHING THAT IS INVOLVED

IN THAT, YOUR TISSUE, YOU

WILL BE MADE WHOLE.

IT WILL GO AWAY AND YOU WILL

NOT HAVE IT AGAIN."

NANCY CLAIMED THE WORD, AND

BY THE FOLLOWING EVENING SHE

NOTICED THAT THE BURNING

SINCSENSATION WAS

COMPLETELY GONE, AND SHE

CRIED OUT, LORD, YOU HEALED

ME.

Terry: WILLIAM STARTED

HAVING PAIN IN HIS LEFT

SIDE, AND IT GREW WORSE, AND

A LARGE KNOT DEVELOPED.

HE DELT WITH THIS PAIN UNTIL

LAST JANUARY, WHEN HE FELL

ASLEEP AND WOKE UP TO THIS

PROGRAM.

AND GORDON, YOU WERE SAYING,

THERE IS SOMEONE WHO HAS

PAIN IN YOUR LEFT KIDNEY.

GOD JUST HEALED THAT.

HE SAID IMMEDIATELY THE PAIN

AND THE KNOT ON HIS LEFT

SIDE WERE GONE AND HAVE NOT

RETURNED, AND NO PAIN.

Gordon: PRAISE GOD.

LET'S CLAIM THIS GREAT

VERSE: IF TWO OR MORE AGREE

TOUCHING ANYTHING, IT SHALL

BE DONE.

TERRY AND I WILL AGREE, YOU

AGREE, AND LET'S LET GOD DO

ALL OF THE REST.

LORD, WE REACH OUT.

WE REACH OUT WITH YOUR

POWER, YOUR RESURRECTION

POWER, AND WE SAY TO PEOPLE

NOW, AND WE DECLARE OVER

THEIR BODIES, BE HEALED AND

BE MADE WHOLE.

DOROTHY, YOU'RE SUFFERING

WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.

IT IS A PARTICULAR PROBLEM

IN YOUR RIGHT HAND, BUT IT

IS IN BOTH, AND IT IS

CAUSING YOUR FINGERS TO

CURL.

GOD IS HEALING YOUMENT AND

YOU; AND THAT IMFLAMMATION

IN YOUR KNUCKLES, ALL OF THE

PAIN AND DISCOMFORT, LEAVE

YOU NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

Terry: THE FLOOR OF

YOUR MOUTH, SOMEONE IS

HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR JAW

AND BONES.

ALL OF THAT IS BEING HEALED

BY GOD RIGHT NOW.

Gordon: AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, WE WANT TO SHARE IN

YOUR GOOD REPORT.

GIVE US A CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

WE HOPE ALL OF YOU HAVE A

VERY HAPPY EASTER.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JESUS: "I AM THE

RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.

HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME,

THOUGH HE DIE, HE SHALL

LIVE."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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